Puta (plural, putas) literally means "whore" in Spanish, but depending on the context, it can also function like the English fucking, bitch, and motherfucker.

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 It is often exclaimed in frustration or surprise.

The ultimate origin of puta is obscure, though it’s commonly thought lớn come from a Latin word for a “girl.” Forms of the word are found across the Romance languages, not just Spanish.

While it seems likely that puta was just a neutral term for a “girl” at some early point, there’s evidence that puta was also being used for prostitutes.


In Spanish, puta extended as a derogatory word for “whore” lớn an all-purpose swear, kind of lượt thích the English fuck, which ranges from you little fuck lớn abso-fuckin-lutely. Puta is often used an exclamation of surprise, positive sầu or negative: Puta! I just stubbed my toe.


Puta is found in English texts by the 1930s. It might be related to lớn poontang (“sex”) and is definitely related to puttanesca (an Italian pasta sauce said lớn be quickly and easily made by prostitutes between clients).

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Examples of puta

matthew: here she comes i cant stvà this puta / also matthew being a kém chất lượng bitch: oh hey baby girl how you doin?
maialecs, May, 2018
Left his wife, but she was a puta. Now he"s got some pomang lại by the border & I"ve sầu got two sisters…
Bryan Washington, Boston Review, November, 2017
Theres this one time I shitted at work & there was a customer that was waiting for me to finish so she can use the nhà vệ sinh, when she stepped inside i heard her say “puta madre” LMFAO DAMN MY BAD.
ariellejdsj, June, 2018

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Who uses puta?

Puta is incredibly versatile, found in Spanish all over the world và even in English when code-switching.


First và foremost, it’s an insult, used khổng lồ hotline someone a “slut” or degrade them in general. It is also used as an intensifier (e.g., I have sầu to lớn go to the puta (fuckin’) DMV).

kayleeshoe23 I went khổng lồ get my physical today. The puta doctor kept my packet and said I needed khổng lồ pick it up tomorrow! #pissed

— mike (
magicmike1995) February 21, 2013

Puta is part of a number of vulgar stochồng phrases in Spanish, including  hijo de puta (“son of a bitch”), puta madre (“motherfucker” or “fuông xã off”), & ni puta idea (I’ve got no fucking idea). These expressions get used idiomatically (e.g., trabajo de puta madre (“fucking shitty work”).

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— George Lopez (
georgelopez) August 3, 2015

While used frequently in informal Spanish, puta is still considered a very vulgar & forecful word. It’s not all negative, though. Some friends might Hotline each other puta in a playful way, much lượt thích the English betch.


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